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Thursday, October 22, 2009 - BGMC Hosts Breastfeeding Seminar with Renowned Author Dr. Christina Smillie

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - - The Chris Evert Women’s Center at Broward General Medical Center hosted a breastfeeding seminar on October 16 entitled Babies, Mothers, and Milk: Getting In Sync with renowned breastfeeding specialist and pediatrician Christina Smillie, M.D., F.A.A.P., I.B.C.L.C., F.A.B.M.

The seminar, attended by lactation professionals including nurses, lactation consultants, and other clinical staff, focused on the topics of baby-led breastfeeding and producing a stable milk supply.  In baby-led breastfeeding, the mother and baby are equal partners in the breastfeeding process. A mother learns from her baby how to breastfeed, using the baby’s natural instincts as a guide.

“Dr. Smillie’s approach helps mothers realize that their babies are instinctively capable of latching on and nursing, making them relaxed and able to enjoy the breastfeeding experience,” says Carole Glatter-Lax, R.N., I.B.C.L.C., a nurse at Chris Evert Women’s Center who attended the seminar. “We can incorporate this approach when we work with breastfeeding mothers at the Lactation Center at Broward General.”

Smillie also discussed how to resolve over- or underproduction of milk, emphasizing the communication between mother and baby to restore a balanced milk supply.

Smillie has been a practicing pediatrician since 1980 and is the founder, clinical consultant and director of Breastfeeding Resources in Stratford, Connecticut, where she practices breastfeeding medicine. A popular author and speaker around the world, Dr. Smillie is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and one of the stars of the DVD “Baby-Led Breastfeeding: The Mother-Baby Dance” (2007). Her current clinical interests include the neurobehavioral basis for maternal-infant interactions and the diagnosis and clinical management of breastfeeding problems underreported or unstudied in medical literature.

The Chris Evert Women's Center at Broward General Medical Center provides comprehensive and highly specialized obstetric care, including an outpatient lactation center. The Lactation Center provides support to mothers and newborns as they begin the process of breastfeeding, and is available to assist with any questions or concerns that may arise before or after birth. Broward General Medical Center is the only hospital in Broward County that rents hospital-grade electric breast pumps, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.